Home Based Childcare

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare
A suitable Level 3 qualification that prepares learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings.
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Not only is a career in childminding wonderfully fulfilling, but it also allows you the freedom to work flexibly and earn an income from home without sacrificing a thing. As you watch children learn and grow, you’ll have all the fun of creating a stimulating, engaging childcare environment where you can create precious memories they’ll cherish. If that sounds good to you, then our NCFE CACHE accredited home-based childcare qualification is ideal – best of all, there’s no work placement involved, and you can complete the entire course through distance learning.

This home-based childcare course will prepare you for a fulfilling career as a childminder, nanny, babysitter, or au pair in an Ofsted-regulated environment.

Developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of child development on this course. You’ll discover how to promote well-being, contribute to a child’s education through play and routine, and gain essential knowledge of safeguarding and childcare legislation. Additionally, you’ll learn how to comply with taxation requirements, create a strong business plan, as well as register with the appropriate regulatory body.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Preparing to work as a home based childcare

    In unit one, you’ll gain the knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare setting. You’ll learn about current legislation, building a safe environment, and how to safeguard children. You’ll also look at equality and diversity, how day-to-day routines promote well-being, and working in partnership to support children. Finally, gain an understanding of learning behaviours, the value of play, and the role of observation in the childhood development.

  2. Unit 2 - Preparing to set up a home based childcare business

    This unit will prepare you to set up your own home-based childcare business. You’ll gain insight into leading and managing a home-based care setting, learn how to comply with financial and taxation requirements, and create a strong business plan. Finally, you’ll learn how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable, having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

This qualification is suitable for learners that wish to work as:

  • Registered Childminders
  • Childminding Assistants
  • Babysitters
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs
  • Other childcarers in home-based settings

Further learning: Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualifications.

A paediatric first aid qualification is also a requirement of registration for any childminder. Learners may wish to consider the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid.

How is this course assessed or examined?

There will be self-assessment questions and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

The assessment methods of this course require a portfolio of evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

There is a minimum study age of 16.

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Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  



STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.



Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

Kelly, tutor


Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

Laura, tutor


Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!